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It is our mission, to encourage discovery, learn outside and explore using all of our senses!

Our preschool program is held in our early childhood center that is located just west of our elementary building on our campus. Our nature-based GSRP program is free to families who meet the necessary requirements. For this program, students need to be 4 years old by September 1, 2024.

*To apply through the Kent County ISD, you will need the following:

  • Proof of birth (birth certificate, passport, etc.)
  • Proof of income (W-2, pay stub, etc.)
  • Proof of residency (Driver's License, utility bills, etc.)
  • Most recent Physical or Well Child Checkup/Health Appraisal Form
  • Individualized Education Plan or IEP (if your child has one)

Questions? Email our licensed programs coordinator Jamieson Shultz at, or give us a call (616) 791-7454 Ext. 3012, we'd love to hear from you!

Hi! I’m Nate VanDuinen, Preschool Principal at WMAES.

Nate VanDuinen - Circle image with green border

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science has a commitment to excellence. Every member of our staff has a passion for our students and their growth. Together, with families, we are providing our students with the knowledge and experiences that will prepare them for achieving their goal.

Join us for our upcoming Open House!

Thursday, April 25 from 5:00-6:30pm
at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

To RSVP visit the following link:


Hear From Our Community!

WMAES has a beautifully unique preschool environment with a safe and secure outdoor classroom, student garden, greenhouse, and acres of beautiful trails. Kids get empowered to explore nature with confidence and have the freedom to release limitless preschooler energy with several opportunities a day to learn and play outdoors! I've had 2 of my children graduate from the WMAES GSRP program and can't wait for my #3 toddler to start next! Our family loves Jamieson Shulz and the whole WMAES staff!"

- WMAES Parent


Great Start Readiness Program Nature-Based GSRP Preschool at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science is an environmentally based program focused on exploring and learning early childhood academic skills alongside nature with hands-on, child-centered discovery. Preschoolers at WMAES get the unique experience of learning alongside nature around our 62-acre campus and in their specialized Outdoor Classroom complete with natural playscapes. Our teachers are highly qualified and encourage strong family partnership to create the best preschool experience possible.

Full Day

School Days are Monday-Thursday
Time: 7:45am - 3:00pm
Our GSRP classrooms have a 1:8 ratio of teachers to students .


Schedule a personal tour

To schedule a tour at our newly-improved preschool campus at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, visit the following link or scan the QR code!

QR Code to schedule a tour for WMAES' preschool

Join us for a monthly Walk and Talk Tour!

Join us for our monthly Nature Walk and Talk to learn more about our unique GSRP program here at WMAES! We will walk through our 62-acre campus and provide an opportunity for you to learn more about nature-based learning, program details and the chance to meet with the GSRP team!

April 19th, May 17th

*No sign up or rsvp required!

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (meet at the outdoor classroom space to the left of the Elementary building.)



If you have any questions about our preschool program please email